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Designing Worlds visits Virtual Health Adventures

Virtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontVirtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Designing Worlds at 2pm today, Monday 9th November at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we visit a fascinating academic project in Second Life - that is offering very practical help to a disadvantaged community - people who have undergone a real life amputation of at least one upper or lower limb.

The project is assessing the effectiveness of delivering healthcare through a virtual world environment by working with amputees to explore ways of best helping them adjust to the changes in their lives, and working with prosthetic limbs. The project in the real world and in Second Life is led by Dr Sandra Winkler at the Nova Southeastern University, and is funded by an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Grant, in association with the Veterans Agency and Virtual Ability, a nonprofit based within Second Life.

Virtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontVirtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Dr Winkler, together with Jim, who is one of the amputees who has been a client on the program, and Eme Capalini, who is the chief builder on the two Virtual Health Adventures islands, give us a guided tour of the islands, and an insight into how the project has worked. The data is not yet final, but we discuss some of the anecdotal evidence that has emerged.

You can learn more about this project on their website, and on their new You Tube channel, or visit the main island here (the second island is private and used for research).

Virtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontVirtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It is going to be a great show, so make sure you join us, at 2pm today!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Virtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontVirtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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